The Week in Review: Nov 16 – Nov 23, 2018

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 News Recap: Links to a Non-Academic Online Journal and a Blog about Viral Hepatitis We recommend that if you prefer non-academic language and are not yet subscribers to this online magazine or the HepVoice blog about viral hepatitis, that you should consider it. Here are the links. Elimination of Hepatitis C and the Imperative for Trauma-Informed Care Anyone interested in eliminating hepatitis C should read this article, "In...

Targeted Hepatitis C testing misses substantial number of cases in correctional setting

Researchers recommend routine testing for all incarcerated individuals upon arrival. Results from a new study led by Boston Medical Center (BMC) found routine Hepatitis C testing identified a significant number of cases that would have been missed by targeted testing among a population of individuals in Washington State prisons. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the authors recommend routine testing in correctional facilities to be

The Week in Review: August 18 – August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 News Recap: Public health issues Hep B risk warning: Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities in Owen Sound have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doc...

Treating HCV in Incarcerated Populations Key to Disease Elimination

Infection rates range from 9.6% to 41.1% Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates in America's prisons and jails are high, largely because this is where many people with high-risk behaviors such as injection drug use end up. But in order to help reach the World Health Organization goal of elimination of HCV, this population needs more screening and treatment – not only to help people with the infection, but also to reduce the risk of transmission. It's not a stra

The Week in Review: April 28, 2017 – May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017 News Recap Canada Great news from Nova Scotia: Expanded access to and coverage for treatment of chronic hepatitis C is now available under the provincial Pharmacare plan, similar to the new arrangements in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec.  The drugs covered are: Epclusa, Daklinza, Sunvepra, Zepatier, Harvoni and Sovaldi. You can read the Nova Scotia Pharmacare Formulary Updates here (Nova Scotia Lists EPCLUSA™ on P...

Lotus Glen is Australia’s first hepatitis C-free prison

LOTUS Glen Correctional Centre has become the first prison in Australia to be free of hepatitis C. The Tablelands based jail recently passed the milestone after introducing new medications to treat the infectious blood borne virus, which only became available early last year. Hepatitis C attacks the liver, causing its inflammation, and can lead to cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer. In Australia, the sharing of drug injecti...